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Bhupinder Hooda to dump Congress? Party veteran to meet supporters today, decision on new party likely

Bhupinder Singh Hooda forming new party? Hooda is scheduled to meet his supporters in New Delhi today. Speculations are rife that the veteran leader may take a decision on whether to remain with the Congress or walk out of it. Assembly elections in Haryana are due later this year and the Congress, which is already battling numerous issues including that of leadership, would be hoping that Hooda refrains from giving it a fresh headache. While Congress is grappling with leadership issues, the BJP, on the other hand, has already entered into the election mode with CM Manohar Lal Khattar launching 22-day Jan Ashirwad Yatra to galvanise workers and woo the voters as well. Also Read: His gripe became apparent during a rally in Rohtak last month when Hooda issued an ultimatum to the party demanding that he be named as the CM face for the state elections. He also took the opportunity to unilaterally announce his candidature for the CMs post, with or without the Congress, and went on to articulate a slew of post-poll promises if he is elected Chief Minister. A few days ago, Hooda along with senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met party chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. However, it was unclear whether the meeting helped in pacifying Hooda. Insiders say that the Congress leadership is not happy with Hoodas pressure tactics. Also Read: Money laundering: ED attaches Rs 30 crore plots of ex-Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda Many of my colleagues opposed the Centres decision to abrogate Article 370. They have lost their way. It is not the same Congress as it used to be, Hooda had said addressing the Parivartan Maha Rally. His recent support to the Modi government over the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir has also not gone down well with the Congress leadership. The main opposition party has been critical of the governments Kashmir move with former president Rahul Gandhi slamming the ruling BJP for suppressing the voice of people of the Valley. Last month, Rahul Gandhi had also tried to visit Jammu and Kashmir along with members of several opposition parties. However, the delegation was made to return to New Delhi from Srinagar airport.